From Fossils to Fabric at the Two Moors Festival

It’s not all classical music at the Two Moors Festival main two-week event in October – although, of course, we have an abundance of stellar performances on offer this year as per usual. We also put on a series of interesting talks that highlight the best that Exmoor and Dartmoor have to offer and 2012 is no exception.

This time around, we’ve enlisted the services of head of leisure and museums at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum Alan Caig to give a talk about the museum itself, its origins and how it’s gone on to become the region’s flagship gallery.

The museum has undergone an extensive redevelopment and all the hard work has certainly paid off, with the exhibition space being named this month as Museum of the Year and awarded the Art Fund Prize of £100,000 for its refurbishment project.

Chair of judges Lord Smith of Finsbury said: “The new Royal Albert Memorial Museum is quite simply a magical place. The Victorian aspirations to bring the world to Exeter are stunningly realised through some of the most intelligently considered displays on view in any museum in the UK. Every exhibit delights with a new surprise and provokes with a new question, and at a time when local authority museums in particular are in such danger, this brilliant achievement proves how daring, adventurous and important such institutions can be.”

Mr Caig’s talk will focus on the museum’s origins in the mid-19th century, as well as on the renovations, which saw structural damage repaired and a new temporary exhibition space constructed – all part of grand plans to propel the museum into the 21st century.

Here at the Two Moors Festival, we’re always keen to support the local area in any way we can and – as many of our followers will know – we like to include something a little different in the festival programme for October. “It’s normally something to do with the area or someone from the area. The talks add another dimension and serve as another purpose to entice people to this part of the world,” festival artistic director Penny Adie said.

From Fossils to Fabric promises to be a really interesting, eye-opening discussion – certainly not one to be missed on the festival calendar. You’ll definitely want to visit the museum after hearing what Mr Caig has to say!

From Fossils to Fabric: Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum revealed

October 12th, 11:00, Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster

Tickets: Free entry by ticket only. Collection in aid of the Museum and the Two Moors Festival Education Projects

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